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Fleet Week Underway in New York

Photo: Jeff OMalley

Parade of ships signals start of Fleet Week New York 2016   Now in its 28th year, New York Fleet Week has commenced, with ships from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy sailing into New York Harbor.   The parade of ships, which can be seen along the Hudson River from Battery Park to just south of the George Washington Bridge, include: Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) USCGC Katherine Walker (WLM 552) Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99) Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) USCGC Forward (WMEC 911) Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) Iroquois-class destroyer HMCS Athabaskan (D 282) Kingston-class coastal defense vessel HMCS Kingston (MM 700) Kingston-class coastal defense vessel HMCS Moncton (MM 708)   The weeklong Fleet Week celebration has been held nearly every year since 1984, providing an opportunity for New Yorkers to witness firsthand the capabilities of today’s maritime services, as well as meet sailors, marines and coastguardsmen.  


Naval Academy Faculty visit MSI Norfolk

Nine U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) faculty members visited the Hampton Roads area on June 4, as part of a professional development tour which included briefs, ship visits and a tour of the MSI Norfolk facility. These visits to various operational commands are designed to provide the faculty with a current perspective on technical, operational and political-military operations and relationships. All of the briefs attended


Navy to Commission New Guided Missile Destroyer Kidd

Special from the Department of Defense The Navy will commission the newest Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, the USS Kidd (DDG 100), June 9 in Galveston, Texas. Designated hull number DDG 100, the new destroyer honors Medal of Honor recipient Rear Adm. Isaac Campbell Kidd Sr. On Dec. 7, 1941, Kidd was commander of Battleship Division 1 and the senior officer present afloat during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor


Navy to Commission New Guided Missile Destroyer

The newest Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer, Bainbridge (DDG 96), will be commissioned Saturday, Nov. 12, 2005, in an 11 a.m. EST ceremony at Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Rep. E. Clay Shaw, 22nd District, State of Florida, will deliver the ceremony's principal address. Susan Bainbridge Hay will serve as sponsor of the ship named for her great-great-great-grandfather. The new guided missile destroyer honors the outstanding and heroic service of Commodore William


Sampson Set to Join Fleet

Sailors man the rails aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102) during a rehearsal for the ship's commissioning ceremony. Sampson is the 52nd of 62 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, and is named for Rear Adm. William T. Sampson (1840-1902), a naval hero during the Spanish-American War. Three previous destroyers have been named for Sampson, and have all been commissioned in Boston. U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Jane Campbell (RELEASED)


Bath Iron Works To Launch AEGIS Destroyer

Bath Iron Works will launch its 10th Arleigh Burke Class AEGIS guided missile destroyer, Howard, on November 20 at the West Gate. The vessel bears the name of Marine Corps Sgt. Jimmie E. Howard, a Medal of Honor recipient who was honored for his leadership of a platoon against attacks by a Viet Cong force. Bath will launch two more destroyers on its traditional building ways before utilizing the modern land-level transfer facility for ship construction


New Destroyer Passes Trials

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Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Aegis guided missile destroyer Dewey (DDG 105) recently completed her combined super trial in the Gulf of Mexico. During the trial, Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) tested the ship’s weapons, communications, and propulsion systems and conducted habitability, water purification and food preparation inspections. The destroyer is being built by the company at its Gulf Coast facilities in Pascagoula, Miss


China Navy Commissions New Guided Missile Destroyer

Warship Commissioning: Photo PLAN

The warship "Kunming", hull number 172, was officially handed over to the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN)  at a recent ceremony held at the Jiangnan Shipyard in Shanghai, informs Xinhua. The new warship belongs to the new generation of China-made guided missile destroyers and has the capacity for both regional air defense as well as naval warfare reports Xinhua, citing official PLAN sources. Source: Xinhua/Zha Chunming    


USS Milius Departs on Deployment

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG 69)

   The guided missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG 69) departed Naval Base San Diego Oct. 20 on an independent deployment to the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans. The ship and crew of more than 300 Sailors, assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 21, will conduct presence operations and goodwill activities with partner nations. Prior to deploying to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility, Milius will participate in a Task Group Exercise off the coast of Southern California


BIW Moves 4,000-ton DDG 1000 Section

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On Saturday, October 22, the shipbuilders of General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, a subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), completed the largest and most complex ship module movement ever executed at the shipyard. The mid-forebody section of Zumwalt, the lead ship of the DDG-1000 class of guided missile destroyers, was transported 900 feet from its assembly position inside the shipyard’s Ultra Hall construction facility to the largest of the company’s three shipbuilding ways


US Navy Tests Latest Aegis Weapon System

Rear Adm. Chris Grady, commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic, greets Minister Pedro Morenes, Spanish Minister of Defense prior to Morenes embarking Spanish Navy Ship Cristobol Colon (F-105) Naval Station Norfolk. PhotoUSN

The U.S. Navy conducted a series of cooperative air defense test exercises with the Spanish navy that culminated in live missile firing events using the latest Aegis Weapon System baseline July 20-21. The event was not only the first interoperability test of the latest Aegis Baseline 9


China to Hold Military Drill in South China Sea

Islands Disputed in the South China Sea. Sources: Lowy Institute | National Public Radio | Additional Research by Graphiq. As of January, 2016

 China’s maritime safety administration announced China’s military's plans exercises in the disputed South China Sea this week, adding to tensions ahead of an international tribunal’s ruling that is expected to challenge Beijing’s maritime claims in the area.  


USS Michael Monsoor Christened

Sally Monsoor christens the future USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001), which is named in honor of her son, Medal of Honor recipient Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class (SEAL) Michael A. Monsoor. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Bath Iron Works)

The U.S. Navy’s newest guided-missile destroyer, Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001), was christened on Saturday, June 18 at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works shipyard in Bath, Maine.   The second ship of the Zumwalt-class, DDG 1001 is named for Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Monsoor


Second US Aircraft Carrier Enters Mediterranean

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) enters the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations on June 8, 2016 (U.S. Navy photo by Anderson W. Branch)

The U.S. aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower entered the Mediterranean late on Monday, the U.S. Navy said, at a time when U.S. officials are raising alarm over Russia's maritime expansion.   The Eisenhower, also known as the "Ike," will relieve the USS Harry S


This Day In Naval History: June 8

USS Cole (DDG 67) (U.S. Navy photo by Christopher L. Clark)

1830 - The sloop of war USS Vincennes becomes the first US Navy warship to circle the globe when she returns to New York. She departs on Sept. 3, 1826, rounds Cape Horn and cruises the Pacific protecting American merchantmen and whalers until June 1829.


Keel Authenticated For Next US Navy Destroyer

Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias presents a ceremonial keel plate to Ima Black, the sponsor of her husband’s namesake ship, Delbert D. Black (DDG 119). (Photo by Andrew Young/HII)

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division authenticated the keel of the destroyer Delbert D. Black (DDG 119) on June 1. The ship, named in honor of the first Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, will be the 32nd Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) guided missile


China Launches New 98,000-ton Heavy-lift Mega Ship

Guang Hua Kou. Photo: COSCO Heavy Transport

 The Guang Hua Kou, one of the world's largest heavy lift semi-submersible ships, was launched last month at Guangdong Shipyard International. At 98,000 tons, it's one of the largest vessels of its size, anywhere in the world.   


US, Thailand Naval Exercise in Andaman Sea

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 The U.S. Navy (USN) and the Royal Thai Navy (RTN) kicked off Exercise Guardian Sea, Andaman Sea comprising bilateral naval training drills that aim to enhance cooperation in the fields of anti-submarine warfare and maritime domain awareness.  


This Day In Naval History - May 20

USS Russell (DDG 59) (U.S. Navy photo by Melinda Larson)

1815 - Commodore Stephen Decatur sails with his flagship USS Guerriere and a squadron of nine ships for the Mediterranean to suppress piracy. Under strict negotiations, Decatur is able to secure a treaty with the Day of Algiers, His Highness Omar Bashaw, on July 3.


China: Stakeholders Should Manage S.China Sea Differences Constructively

China and the United States should manage their differences over disputed waters in the South China Sea constructively, one of China's top military officials has said. Fang Fenghui, a member of China's Central Military Commission, told General Joseph Dunford


Ingalls Begins Building US Navy Destroyer

Cmdr. Dave Murray, post-delivery officer for the U.S. Navy’s DDG 51 program, presses the button to start fabrication of the Ingalls-built destroyer Frank E. Petersen Jr. (DDG 121). Photo by Lance Davis/HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division marked the start of fabrication for the Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) destroyer Frank E. Petersen Jr. (DDG 121) for the U.S. Navy. The start of fabrication signifies that 100 tons of steel have been cut.  


U.S. Challenged China, 12 Others on navigation Rights in 2015

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The U.S. military conducted "freedom of navigation" operations against 13 countries last year, including several to challenge China's claims in the South and East China seas, according to an annual Pentagon report released on Monday.


This Day In Naval History: April 21

Cover of the Commissioning program, April 21 2001 at Tampa, Fla.

1861 - Sloop-of-War Saratoga, commanded by Alfred Taylor, captures Nightingale, a clipper slaver, at the mouth of the Congo River at Cabinda, Angola, with 961 slaves on board. 1898 - President William McKinley orders the Navy to begin a blockade of Cuba and Spain


This Day In Naval History: April 19

Program for the Commissioning Ceremony held of the USS The Sullivans DDG-68, held at Staten Island, New York on April 19, 1997.

1917 - The U.S. Naval Armed Guard crew on board SS Mongolia engages and damages a German U-boat, the first engagement against the enemy after declaration of war on April 6. 1920 - The first German submarine brought to the United States after World War I arrives at New York


China Switches on Lighthouse on South China Sea Island

China has begun operating a lighthouse on one of its artificial islands in the South China Sea near where a U.S. warship sailed last year to challenge China's territorial claims. China claims most of the energy-rich waters of the South China Sea






 
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